Date: 13th January 2016 at 7:48pm
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Zach Clough remains a Bolton player. Read on for more

It has today been revealed that through the sale of property, Bolton now have a bit of breathing space and will not have to enter administration just yet. Hopes were first raised when Eddie Davies hit the brakes on Josh Vela’s move to Cardiff City.

Meanwhile Mark Davies had been unable to agree personal terms with Sheffield Wednesday and so it was thought that his £700k signing was in doubt. However it has been revealed that he will be signing for The Hillsborough outfit, but an undisclosed fee (i.e. for free now) and the money they are not having to pay will now be put towards wages, which is pretty depressing from our point of view and could tarnish a popular player’s reputation as he leaves the ‘cron Stadium.

However, the big news for me is that Zach Clough will be staying for now. He has rejected a move to Bristol City which would most likely have seen him receive an increase in pay, as well as a team built around him. It’s absolutely wonderful to hear this, and although he probably will go onto bigger and better things in the future, I’m of course really pleased that he’s staying with us.

He’s as talented a young player I’ve seen live. Period. Even looking at the amazing young talent you see in the Premier League, they don’t pose the same constant threat that Clough does. The likes of Dele Alli are terrific, terrific players, and are playing admittedly at a higher level, but they don’t stir the excitement that Cloughinho does. They may play in different positions, and maybe I’m getting a little carried away- but I genuinely think he’s special- unusually special- uncannily special.

Moving to Bristol City for a few million may have raised his profile a little, but it’s not a fair reflection of how good he is. He’s bloody incredible. With all due respect to Steve Cotterill and his team, it’s not a step up from Bolton. He needs a step up- maybe a smaller Premier League team or a bigger one and get some game time out on loan. That would improve his career. Moving to Bristol City would be a big change off the field, for no gain on it in my opinion and I’m really proud of him for turning that opportunity down and I hope that we get to see him for another few months at least.

I’d also just quickly like to point out that I’ve got the vast bulk of information from The Bolton News’ Marc Iles, especially recently, and I’d thoroughly recommend giving him a follow on Twitter @MarcIles for all the latest!


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